Thursday, August 20, 2020

Who Are Those Gals? ~ Francesca Romana Coluzzi

Francesca Romana Coluzzi was born in Tirana, Albania on May 20, 1943 the daughter of the Umbrian epidemiologist Alberto Coluzzi, and of Anna Wimmer, a German educator from Passau , she was the sister of epidemiologist Mario Coluzzi (Caio Mario Coluzzi Bartoccioni) [1938-2012]. Coluzzi soon moved in Italy with her family to Perugia. As a teenager, during a student twist dancing contest, Federico Fellini noticed her and offered her a role in . Coluzzi declined the offer to continue her studies, but however the encounter with Fellini marked her life, and she eventually decided to leave the university to pursue a career in the cinema. She started her career as a double, first for Mylène Demongeot in Fantômas and later for Marisa Mell in Danger: Diabolik. In 1965, at 22, Coluzzi made her acting debut in the Lucio Fulci's comedy film 002 Operazione Luna.

Her breakout role came in 1969, with the role of Asmara, the Adriano Celentano's lover in Pietro Germi's Serafino. One year later she played Tarsilla Tettamanzi in Alberto Lattuada's Come Have Coffee with Us, and for this role she won a Nastro d'Argento for best supporting actress and a Globo d'oro in the same category. In the following years Coluzzi was mainly active in comedy films, especially in the commedia sexy all'italiana genre, often playing roles of unbearable and jealous wives. In 1985 she founded in Rome a theater workshop for children, Associazione Culturale Minestrone d'Arte. Coluzzi was also active on television and as a voice dubber.

She died in Rome, Italy on July 15, 2009 at the age of 66 from lung cancer.

COLUZZI, Francesca Romana (aka Coluzzi) [5/20/1943, Tirana, Albania - 7/15/2009, Rome, Lazio Italy (lung cancer)] – stuntwoman, film actress, married to cinematographer, cameraman Claudio Tondi (1969-2009) mother of Laila Tondi [197?-    ], Sveva Tondi [1977-    ].
Sting of the West – 1972 (Betty Brown)
Karate, Fists and Beans – 1973 (‘Baby’ Morgan)

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